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Backflip will save your bars when you have to flip your bike over

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We’ve certainly all been there.  You get a flat, or have a problem with your bike and you pull over, and flip over your bike. Depending on the surface beneath, that can lead to some undesirable consequences to your gear, especially if you have a GPS or computer attached to your bars. The team at Herbstein components has certainly dealt with this very issue, and to offer a solution they’ve created the Backflip.

Backflip will save your bars when you have to flip your bike over

The secret to the Backflip is a specially designed bar end plug that houses a spring loaded end. The plugs work on all modern bars with standard grips or ODI lock-ons, and feature a stainless steel core, weather sealing, and chip resistant end caps. When you’re ready to use the Backflip, simply slide the rubber coated feet into the end of the bar plug, and the friction holds them in place. Flip the bike over, rest the feet on the ground, do what needs to be done, then flip it back over and pop out the feet. Pretty simple.

Currently a working prototype, there’s no mention of how much the system may weigh in production, but production versions should be available in at least a few colors. Currently launching through a Kickstarter campaign, a Backflip set will run about $17 and will possibly ship in September.

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Peter J Sirman
Peter J Sirman
4 years ago

Looks like a solution looking for a problem. I haven’t flipped my bike to work on it since I was ten years old.
A handy tree or post to lean against is all I need and no silly bar ends and “Pic-nic” table legs to cart around.

Seriously, it’s been near forty years since I learned not to flip my bike.

Scratch
Scratch
4 years ago

They should make one for your saddle. It could stick up right in the middle of it.

Joenomad
Joenomad
4 years ago

Make sure it has the required bottle opener!

SnarkyCharlie
SnarkyCharlie
4 years ago

This idea might make them a hundredaire.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago

I thought this might be something that pops out in the event of a crash to protect your head unit which would actually make some sense, but cannot believe it really is just for flipping your bike over. Here’s a pro tip, take your head unit off if you must flip your bike over, second tip, don’t flip your bike over, there are far better ways to clean/work on your bike.

Luke
Luke
4 years ago

Flipping your bike over is a true sign you don’t really have any experience with riding your bike.

However, if you first are going to flip you bike over you should cover and protect your seat. Bar tape is cheap, a new seat not so cheap!

Fred Gravelly
Fred Gravelly
4 years ago
Reply to  Luke

“a true sign you don’t really have any experience with riding your bike”

Do you mean “working on” or “caring for” your bike? If you’ve ever ridden a bike that doesn’t have a far overpriced saddle then flipping your bike over is totally acceptable and the quickest & easiest way to change a tire.

Tomi
Tomi
4 years ago
Reply to  Fred Gravelly

This is silly. You don’t need to flip the bike to remove a wheel, nor does it make it easier to do it.

Admiral Wormser
Admiral Wormser
4 years ago

ICE CREAM MACHINE!!!!

Drew Diller
4 years ago

Gate keepers all up in here. Don’t like it, don’t buy it. Been flipping my bike over all my riding years and gonna keep doing it.

I simply make sure my near-stem-clamp gear is mounted under the bars and do some shenanigans to keep my cables outta the way, while ensuring that any mild bar up-sweep is enough to clear the stem clamp hump.

I could see in certain configurations how this product might be useful. They’ll probably succeed.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

If I’m having major RD indexing issues out on a ride I’ll flip it and I’m not ashamed. I can shift and hand crank to tune it in more easily/quicker. I’ll also state that I’ve never damaged anything as its exceedingly rare I do the aforementioned and I don’t drag the thing around on hard abrasive surfaces while flipped.

Thor
Thor
4 years ago

I just flipped my bike over today to inspect the back tire to see what was causing it to go flat. It’s much easier to fix flats when you are on a ride if you flip the bike. That said, I’m not particularly concerned with scratching the grips or anything else when i do that. Are they going to make a seat cover too? Completely unnecessary in any case.

-s
-s
4 years ago

So what happens when you smash a plug off of a tree?

No one
No one
4 years ago

That pump track looks rad.

Gillis
Gillis
4 years ago
Reply to  No one

That was the only impressive thing in the video.

Chris Elliott
Chris Elliott
4 years ago

Reminds me of the last time I flipped my bike for maintenance; got air in all the wrong places from brake reservoirs being upsidedown when pressing levers. Never again!

Brendan
Brendan
4 years ago

Here’s a trick to impress your riding buddies: hunch yourself over and hang the saddle from the back of your neck. You can shift, pedal, and watch your drivetrain at the same time. Derailleur adjustments take seconds.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago
Reply to  Brendan

This works, you look a bit ridiculous but it does work. Also a tree limb can be used as a workstand.

AJ
AJ
4 years ago

Definitely a solution for a problem.
For drop bar please!
A proper mounting on stem cap or wheel maybe…

rich
rich
4 years ago

Bring back bar ends!

Just need a 5mm allen key in your pocket.
Use them to go up hill!
Then to fix your bike….just undo, turn them up, and he presto your own gadget protecting bike stand…

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